Google Shows Off Gingerbread, Froyo Now Standardized

Things are looking good for Google’s Android mobile platform. The OS has been taking some criticisms regarding issues that relate to fragmentation –a much expected result of being an open source OS that is used in a wide variety of handsets. Still, a little standardization goes a long way and seeing how the latest version of the OS, Android 2.2 Froyo, has finally been able to make it to more than a third of all the devices is certainly a major feat.

Reports have shown that at least 43% of the Android smart phones now use version 2.2. Another large chunk goes to version 2.1 Éclair while a small remainder still makes use of the older 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut versions.

Of course, not all major handsets have been updated and not all releases have been able to roll out smoothly. Delays, issues and other problems tend to pop out and that is also the case for the Samsung Galaxy S under T-Mobile. Users of the handset were disappointed a couple of days ago when the planned December 1 update did not arrive as scheduled. While the network has expressed a sincere apology for the delay, not specific reasons have been stated.

As for the upcoming version 2.3 Gingerbread, the new OS has finally been revealed by Google through a quick video demonstration. So far, there are plenty of familiar elements in the icons and user interface while most of the common functions are still there. The new OS once again brings focus to voice input features.

The only downside to this new video is that it is currently entirely in Chinese –so a little knowledge of the language would be nice if you plan to watch the vid. The update still retains the performance boost provided by the Android Froyo so users can expect to see the same speed.

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